CLINICAL negligence payouts to NHS patients have soared by £549million in a year to a record high of £1.6billion.
The 2017/18 bill was 50 per cent up, despite 13 fewer claims. Some people received more than £20million each.
Getty – Contributor Clinical negligence payouts to NHS patients have soared by £549million in a year to a record high of £1.6billion
Blunders in emergency medicine accounted for the greatest proportion, followed by orthopaedics.
A&E claims were up seven per cent, according to NHS Resolution.
With legal fees, the total cost to the NHS is £2.2billion.
NHS England banned lawyers from advertising in hospitals this year in a bid to reduce claims.
Getty – Contributor A&E claims were up seven per cent, according to NHS Resolution
Dr Christine Tomkins, from the Medical Defence Union, warned: “Awards of this size, paid from NHS funds, cannot be sustained.”
“It would be a fitting birthday present for the NHS if balance could be restored to a system which is so out of kilter, it is putting the NHS under unbearable strain.”
Helen Vernon, from NHS Resolution, said: “The cost of clinical negligence is at an all-time high.